No Empty Chairs: "Stout Hearts" around the Table

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Chocolate Coconut Bars

OH...MY...GOSH!!!  THESE...ARE...SO...GOOD!!! 
No kidding, they're amazing!

3 cups finely ground cookies, such as graham crackers or chocolate wafers, or a combination
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
1 cup pecan pieces (optional)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly splash a 15-by-10-inch rimmed baking sheet evenly with water, then line with parchment paper.  (I didn't have parchment paper so I used foil.)
2.  In a large bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter until combined. Evenly press onto bottom and up sides of prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until firm, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool, about 20 minutes.  (I left it in the pan to cool.  Took longer, but I was in no hurry.)
3.  Sprinkle cooled crust evenly with pecans and chocolate. Pour condensed milk over the top, spreading to cover completely (do not let it drip over the edges). Sprinkle with coconut.
4.  Bake until coconut is toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely.  (I left it in the pan to cool overnight, loosely covered in foil.)

Allow several hours to fully cool and set up.  Then dig in!!  And share with friends--they'll love you forever!

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